Our mission: Meeting the needs of a diverse community through music study, outreach and performance.


Our Offerings

Welcome to Evanston's Community Music School

Who We Are

The Musical Offering is a musical home for beginners to bloom and for more experienced musicians to explore their craft. We are proud of our process-oriented teaching philosophy, professional and friendly faculty, investments in local schools, and partnerships with arts organizations equally committed to making music more accessible to all. In 2007, we won the Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts in recognition of our history as an arts incubator and the quality of our programming.

Our Teaching Philosophy

The Musical Offering provides students and teachers with collaborative opportunities to learn and perform. We hire gifted teachers who share a process-oriented teaching philosophy and the belief that students learn best in an engaging atmosphere. We carefully match teachers and students to maximize learning potential and enjoyment of music education. A process-oriented teaching philosophy guides students on a course to the joyful mastery of music.

On this journey, they acquire and develop intellectual, emotional, and physical tools such as diligence, critical thinking, expressiveness, and dexterity to harness the potential of music to enhance their lives. This training translates into every area of learning and life.

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Musings of a Transplanted Southerner on a Life in Music

January 21..The Myth of The Eternal Child


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Sign Up for MO's Musical Theater Summer Camps!


Transform your ensemble, rehearsal, and performance skills! Take your writing, acting, singing and/or composing skilles to a new level!

Campers will create THREE new musical theater pieces by taking works from the standard pop repertoire and giving them a hilarious makeover.

Hard Knock Life In Oz - June 26-30

Spamilton - July 10-14, 17-21


Fiddle Shop of Horrors - July 24-28


Download the flyer for more info and register today!





Two Fundraising Concerts

Friday, February 24, 7:30 PM
Howard Levy / SOLO at the MO

Grammy-award winning harmonica master and pianist will perform solo in our intimate Madison Room.

Sunday, March 5, 3:00 PM
A Benefit Concert Organized by by MO Board Member Bettie Buccheri

This afternoon gathering will feature Northwestern Bienen School faculty Gail Williams, horn, and Steve Cohen, clarinet. This event will take place at a private residence near the Musical Offering.

Check here for details. 


Chicago Choro Club - February Roda (Jam)
Rescheduled from the 19th to Sunday, February 12